Tony Peries Collection.
The building you ask about was in Independence square on 4 Feb 1948—may have been a facade erected for the occasion. I was then 17 & a member of the Photographic Society of Ceylon which gave members a showy m’ship card to enable them to buy film in times of rationing. I had a ticket for the day to a public enclosure but used the m’ship card^& TONS of brass to pose as a press photographer of which there were stacks (many from o’seas) –& thus got right into the action. I knew my pics would have historic significance one day!!!
from the Tony Peries Collection.